Cabin Fever (2002)
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Eli Roth
Producer: Lauren Moews, Sam Froelich, et. al.
Screenwriter: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein
Date Released: September 14, 2002
Rider Strong as Paul
Jordan Ladd as Karen
James DeBello as Bert
Cerina Vincent as Marcy
Joey Kern as Jeff
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A group of friends stay at a cabin in the woods to relax. However, what they soon find out is that there is a contamination in the water that causes severe illness. This contagious disease spreads from individual to individual causing severe sickness and skin disease. The group must try to escape this contagious disease before it is too late.
The disease that water causes is very graphic. For example, water causes individuals to cough and spit up blood. In addition, the disease causes people’s skin to become loose and fall off their bodies. The way in which the sick individuals are displayed is cringe-worthy and grotesque. The gore in this film is interesting because the blood and gore are not the results of an individual but from a transmitted disease which makes the fear of catching it scarier. In this way, the threat that is imposed on the victims is something different and fresh.
The Grave Review
Cabin Fever (2002) was an interesting film because it not only demonstrated what may happen if people catch a contagious disease but also how society would react to it. There have been many circumstances in real life where countries have had to quarantine individuals who were said to have contagious diseases. Some of the more recent examples have been the EBOLA virus. Unfortunately, individuals with EBOLA have been quarantined for weeks or months because society has not been able to find a cure for this disease and imprisoned these individuals in the interim.
In the film, Cabin Fever, the fear of a pandemic or epidemic is horrifying because the society (I.e. the town) has not established a mechanism for reacting to such an issue. In this way, Cabin Fever demonstrates the fear that society will not respond to these kinds of catastrophic events appropriately.
Cabin Fever (2002) is interesting to watch if you haven’t seen it, but may not offer much in terms of rewatch value. However, it should be noted that the cast members, especially Rider Strong, were very good in their respective roles. Overall, the film was a fun watch and filled with lots of bloody and gory imagery.
For the above-mentioned reasons, Grave Reviews gives Cabin Fever (2002) two and one-half graves out of five graves.
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